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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY April 5, 2003 16 pages in 2 sections ■■«■■ ■MKH    lo    pages    in    2    sectKHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 122Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Iraqis flee as convoys press capitalSpring fonward Set your clocks an hour ahead early Sunday to observe daylight-saving time. AP By David EspoAP Special Correspondent Army tanks and infantry, joined by elements of the 101st Airborne Division, fought off attacks Friday at Baghdad’s international airport, newly seized as a U.S. base just outside Saddam Hussein’s capital. Thousands of Iraqis fled the city, fearing urban warfare. With U.S. commandos already inside Baghdad, columns of Army and Marine armored vehicles advanced on the city from the south. They met occasionally stiff resistance, battling Iraqi tanks as well as army, Republican Guard Fedayeen forces. i * ► and American forces closed in as Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf threatened “very new, creative” martyrdom operations — often a euphemism for suicide attacks — but denied weapons of mass destruction would be involved. Saddam appeared on television — seemingly debunking American-fed speculation that he was dead — and urged his country to “strike them (advancing troops) forcefully.” But the Marines reported the surrender of 2,500 members of the Republican Guard, AmericanSee IRAQIS/3A Flume, Cork debate street repair funding at District I meeting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer How will the city pay for repair of residential streets? The mayor and an incumbent city council member who has spearheaded a ballot initiative she says will create a fund to repair neighborhood streets discussed the issue Thursday night in a public forum. District 3 Council member Debbie Hume — who is up for a second term in the May 3 election — said New Braunfels has neglected its streets for too long and it’s time to do something about it. Mayor Adam Cork, while agreeing that it is time to Bx streets, warned that Hume’s proposal would cost taxpayers more and do less in the long term by gutt mg the city’s economic development fund. lire pair spoke at a forum sponsored by District I Councilwoman Soma Munoz-Gill, conducted at Holy Family Catholic Church on Hidalgo Avenue. About 20 people attended. Hume supports Pmpoeit ions 2 and 3 on the May 3 ballot, which she initiated through a petition drive earlier this year. Proposition 2 would reduce by two-thirds the three-eighths of one cent 4B economic development sales tax, taking away one-fourth of a cent. Proposition 3 would dedicate that one-fourth cent to a tax specifically dedicated to st lect See FUNDINGS DAVID INGRAHAM.-i .h i g New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork looks on as District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Flume explains to the small group gathered at the Holy Family Church Hall Thursday night her take on how the city should be spending tax dollars. Man indicted in connection with Surety Bank robbery By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The first of two brothers arrested in connection with the robberies of tin* New Braunfels Surety Bank branch has been indicted on an aggravated robbery charge. The Comal County grand jury indicted Noel Martin, 28, of Mico for aggravated robbery, which is a first degree felony punishable by between 6 and 99 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. Martin was arrested March 3 in Bandera County, His brother, Adam F Mar tm, 3H, formerly of Austin, was arrested March 7 in Henderson County. The brothers are suspects in roblieries that occurred at the Surety Bank branch at Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue on Jan, IO and on Nov. 14, 2002. New Braunfels police detective Et Mike Bust said two other individuals now incarcerated on other charges are suspected to have some involvement ut the robberies, although they have not been formally charged rn conner lion with either of them. New Braunfels police aud tis FBI are still investigating the robberies and could make See ROBBLRY/3A Inside Abby SA Classifieds ‘vRB Comics........................ 3B Crossword.................. 3B Forum.............. HA Movies HA Obituaries..................... 3A Spoils............... EPB Today ........... PA TV Grids 4B wwwherald/eltung com Kuy Guck? 00001 County grants Moll tax abatement By Ron Maloney Staff Writer (annal County commissioners unanimously awarded a tax abatement to the injection molding firm officials say will bring nearly 300 high- pay mg production jolts to New Braunfels. Conn massa tors ottered Moil Industries un eight-year abatement that would: ■ Forgive 70 percent of Moll s county piuj**i$y tux fur Hie first three years; M Forgive 55 pen vat tin the second three years, and N Forgive 30 percent lot the last two years. Moll premises tis.* county to move $8 nit Ilion worth of equipment here within 12 months, and hire at least 75 new employees during the same period at an average wage of $12.50 an hour. Greater New Braunfels ('ha caber of Commerce Economic Development Dnector Rusty Blockman made a brief presentation to commissioners’ court Thursday before a vote was taken, "I’m very pleased to be before you today to ted you we have a new manuiactunng facility in our community,” Brockman told the court “Moll Industries w going to put people hack to work. It will create some great opportunities for our folks 275 of them when they get to bdl production. Brockman said Moll has just taken posse* sam of the 103,000 square foot facility formerly ojieraied by Flextronics on FM 3U6, Brockman said the company is already hiring employees to help clean the f acility. Those jobs are in tin* $6 to $7 range, Jota* fiji production employees after the p%ut opens will be at higher wage's. Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson 'poke about the importance ut ecol*lune development. I always cite one example, and that’s the agricultural exemption we used to have on Interstate 35 that became the Wal Mart Distribution Center. It went from $235 to more than a million dollars rn taxes per year. Tax abatements are be autiful,” Dawson SM id. Fire destroys CL home K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakj-Zeitung After hours of fighting a mobile home blaze, firefighters Ryan Wells (left) and Jeff Kirkpatrick give a helping hand to a days-old kitten found in the debris. After a little oxygen, getting dried off and warmed up, it was off to a local veteranari-an clinic for the only surviving pet. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zortung Firefighters Jason Rush, Jeff Kirkpatrick and Jason Wells (from left) attack some of the smoldering spots still visible along the front wall of a mobile home on Chimney Rock after more than three hours spent trying to put out the fire, Three cats die in blaze; residents weren’t home By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A fire of unknown origin destroyed an $85,(XX) home late Friday afternoon. Comal (bounty Assistant Fire Mamba! Bill Anz Maid the Larry DoirOB home located in the 5600 block of Chimney Rock wa* a complete I OH*. Late Friday night, he didn’t know the cauhc* of the Fire. “We know it started inside in one of these back rooms, hut its dark and we really can’t do much investigating,” An/, said. “We’ll get back up here in the daylight and look it over.” Dot roil said he shared the home with his wife and a friend. None were home when the Fire occurred. Designed to look like a country cabin, it was the dream home they bought to move* out to the country, he said. “We loved this house,” Douron said. “I can’t believe it’s gone.” New Braunfels American See FIRE/3A ;